Detached Villa

Interior architecture | Hampstead Gardens


Informal French inspired elegance

Our clients lived in this home for a couple of years and never had the time to personalise this lovely and spacious but slightly unwelcoming building. They appointed us for a full house Interior Design project to give a new lease of life to this substantial listed conservation area property.

Marriage of Styles

The brief was to inject informal elegance inspired by French country house decoration into the historic English architecture. We worked in close collaboration with the clients to integrate existing pieces of furniture into a completely new scheme of colours, wallpapers, fabrics, joinery, upholstery and a substantially altered lighting design.

Complementing the architecture

We sympathetically added to existing architectural features and upcycled existing furniture. We added new panelling in the hallway and master bedroom. We removed and closed redundant fireplaces and windows to improve the proportions and functionality of the family lounge, the study and the ladies dressing room.


Pulling it all together

Claudia is an expert in designing colour and fabric schemes. This can often be the starting point of larger projects. Claudia selected a blue and yellow palette of varying tones, depths and textures which give the home consistency and elegance yet with enough variation in patterns and materials to remain stimulating, surprising and never dull. The shades of blue through the house range from deep and moody inky blue on the staircase to soft and airy sky blue in the family room, a consistent palette captured the essence and purpose of each area of the home.

Staircase | Windows overseeing the garden | Garden Suburb
Close-up of the yellow upholstery | Garden Suburbs
Bedroom | View of the room with a piece of art on the wall | Garden Suburb
Sitting Room | View of the room from the sitting area | Garden Suburb

Small changes, big results

We listen to how our clients work and live and propose small effective alterations to the rooms they use the most. The way we position furniture and art and tweak the architecture, we make those spaces more functional. The master bedroom layout was substantially improved by moving the position of the bed, rehanging the entrance door and covering a kinked wall with one straight line of built in joinery. We applied silk paper to walls and dressing room doors to create a luxurious continuity. The repainted deep blue bathroom colour is reflected in similar shades of blue with the fabrics, upholstery and joinery of the bedroom and ladies dressing room.

Bedroom | View of a double bed | Garden Suburb
Bedroom | View of the built-in wardrobes | Garden Suburb
En Suite | Hallway | Garden Suburb
Bookshelf flowers | Garden Suburb
French style brass door handles | Garden Suburb
Bathroom | Gold koi fish wallpaper | Garden Suburb
Chaise and dressing table | Interior architecture | Claudia Dorsch

Truly bespoke design

Claudia believes each home should be a true reflection of the clients’ tastes, experiences and lifestyle and we go above and beyond to source elements in our schemes which are unique and tailored for their owners. In this home we commissioned bespoke cast brass door handles in the French style and we sourced vintage French furniture. A loveseat was painted and upholstered to tie in with the colour palette. For the ladies dressing room, Claudia designed a brass framed glass etagere for display and the French wardrobes were hand painted in waxed and dragged paint finishes to complement each room.

Painted Wardrobe Detail | Hampstead Suburb
Dressing Room | Grand wardrobe with mirror doors | Garden Suburb
Bedroom beams and bed | Claudia Dorsch
Dining Table | Art on the wall in the background | Garden Suburbs
Hallway | Side on view of the staircase | Garden Suburbs
Hallway | Side on view of the staircase detail | Garden Suburbs
Kitchen | View of the kicthen and appliances | Garden Suburbs